In today’s interview with a DaWanda designer, we have the pleasure of meeting Sheri, the ‘refashionista’ behind Sew Much Fun! Sew Much Fun is home to upcycled and re-fashioned clothing and accessories of all kinds. Each piece is completely unique, making it that much more special, and Sheri’s flair for unusual and charming detail is the icing on the cake. Drop by the store for your eco-friendly fashion fix and have a read of our interview with Sheri below, to find out how it all came to be:
Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a quirky Canadian graphic designer and lived a most extraordinary existence in North America, Japan, England and Greece before I finally settled in Germany, married the man of my dreams, co-created & am currently a milk machine for our first child, an adorable little girl, who popped into the world at the end of March/2011! I am not a professional seamstress but inherited an elderly sewing machine from a Great Aunt & am having loads of fun re-creating old clothes & upcycling fabrics into cool new gear!
How did you discover that you have creative tendencies?
My mother says I was always chock-full of creative energy & from childhood was ‘designing’ colourful crayon characters & directing/starring in original backyard performances for loved ones to enjoy. As I grew up my creativity blossomed & I discovered my love of entertaining & began acting & singing which eventually took me to Japan where I spent 6 fantastic years performing on stage & in front of the camera. It was then on to London for 2 years & then 4 years spent in Greece owning, writing, designing & operating a bilingual entertainment magazine! Until finally… Berlin!
Where do you find your inspiration?
From everyday life… it’s amazing the ideas you get from a simple walk in the park. For instance my patchwork flowers are based on the shape of the wild flowers that grow in our local dog park. =o)
Do you have any role models/inspirations in the area of Design? If so, who and why?
My Grandmother had 11 children & is definitely my refashioning role model! She would take a worn out shirt from one of the boys & turn it into a sweet dress for one of the girls… using only an old fashioned pedal sewing machine & hand stitching!
How did you come up with the ideas for the products in your DaWanda shop?
Mostly through trial & error… seeing what fabrics work well together & which items are best for going under the “refashion-machine”!
Please give us a brief summary of your creative process:
I love sorting through my stash of old clothes (from friends, family, charity shops etc) and finding fabrics that coordinate. I then layer them on my mannequin to see which parts will “refashion” well together. It’s then just a matter of time before I break out the scissors & seam ripper and begin tearing the old gear apart to be sewn into fresh new looks!
What characterizes your products/your style?
100% one-of-a-kind Quirky Creations & Whimsical fashions crafted by hand using new & upcycled fabric in a variety of touchable textures!
What do you want to achieve in the future as a Designer/Creative?
I hope to continue improving my skills & possibly becoming a top DaWanda seller!
What role does DaWanda play in your daily creative life?
I love trolling through the Vintage section & seeing what bargains are to be had or simply getting ideas for new refashion projects!
How has your life changed since you opened your DaWanda shop?
I never thought anyone would actually buy and take pleasure in wearing my creations. Having this shop has given me a boost of confidence & made my hobby sewing so much more enjoyable!
Any closing comments?
I’d like to thank everyone who has bought & enjoyed my upcycled fashions, your positive feedback encourages my creativity! As I had my first baby at the end of March, I’ll be creating some funky mama & baby refashions & soft, snuggly toys to add to the shop in the near future!
P.S. If YOU would like to be considered for one of our Monday seller interviews, then please send a filled-out questionnaire to azra[at]dawanda[dot]com!